HHCN Research: Personal Care Services Projected to Dominate Home Care’s 2020 Medicare Advantage Involvement

The Medicare Advantage (MA) expansions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this year and in early 2018 open the door to creative applications of non-medical home care services designed to proactively improve individuals’ health. The pair of new rules, with the broader of the two taking effect in 2020, have led […]

Thrive: Inside TheraCare’s Decision to Partner with Honor

Thrive is an HHCN series that explores the successes, struggles and strategies of home care owners and operators on the local level. At times, technology-driven home care startup Honor has faced criticism for the way it operates. First, its goal was to be an innovative, tech-savvy provider, which made the San Francisco-based company a competitor […]

Senators to Introduce Assistive Technology Bills for Aging in Place

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) plan to introduce new legislation to make assistive technology more accessible to seniors and people with disabilities. The goal is to make it easier for people to age in place. “Survey after survey indicates that seniors envision themselves living independently at home in their own community […]

Home Modification Gains Steam in Competitive Home Care Market

About 76% of those 50 and older want to live in their homes as long as possible, according to a 2018 AARP survey. But the current U.S. housing industry isn’t set up for that to happen. As such, home modification among seniors is becoming increasingly popular — and of growing importance to home-based care providers […]

[UPDATED] AccentCare to be Acquired by PE Giant Advent International

Global private equity firm Advent International has entered a definitive agreement to acquire AccentCare from its current PE-backer, Oak Hill Capital Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is one of six home health PE deals announced so far this year, with fewer industry deals happening at a slower pace than in years past. […]

Starbucks, Best Buy and TripAdvisor Offer Employee Caregiver Benefits. Here’s Why Home Care Agencies Should Care.

Recognizing the competitive value of home care providers, a growing number of employers in various industries have started offering caregiving benefits as a way to improve workers’ attendance, morale and performance. While programs vary, they often offer employees a set number of subsidized care days per year — preventing workers from taking time off when […]

States Sue Trump Administration Over Home Care Worker Union Dues

At least five states are suing the Trump administration over a recently finalized rule they say would prevent home health workers paid by Medicaid from having their union dues automatically removed from their paychecks, according to Reuters. States involved in the lawsuit include California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oregon. The states claim the rule weakens […]